I haven’t posted in awhile due to a rather turbulent March. Suffice it to say I might have a little more time to devote to my environmental passions.
I’ve been using EO products recently. Not only do their lotions smell good (Citrus Mint!) but they’re located in San Rafael, CA, former home to the good ol’ Grateful Dead and current site of the Dead’s bassist Phil Lesh’s restaurant/nightclub Terrapin Crossroads (a must for any Deadhead who finds him or herself in Marin County).
Despite this pedigree, naturally I just had to check up on their palm oil sourcing to assuage my liberal enviro-guilt. I saw palm oil code words everywhere on the ingredients list, like glycerol stearate and glycerin.
Here’s the email trail from their customer service person.
Your products contain palm oil. The worldwide demand for unsustainable palm oil is leading to the following:
1. Destruction of the last remaining rainforests of southeast Asia, and now Africa and South America;
2. Death of critically endangered species who make the rainforest home, such as Great Apes like the orangutan (and now chimpanzee and gorilla), not to mention the Sumatran elephant and Sumatran rhino;
3. Displacement of indigenous peoples from their ancestral rainforest home;
4. Enslavement of the poor in atrocious palm oil plantation conditions;
5. And most importantly, the EXACERBATION of global warming, which affects us all and FUTURE generations.
ALL FOR YOUR PRODUCT?
From where do you source your palm oil? I will advise my family, friends and coworkers and blog readers to BOYCOTT your product until we are comfortable that your company is not destroying precious virgin rainforest for freaking palm oil plantations.
Seriously! THIS IS MADNESS!
Thank you for your question.
We understand Palm Oil is a hot topic on a lot of minds and we appreciate your concern for the environment and animals. EO does not purchase palm oil directly, nor is it an ingredient in any of our products. It is, however, a component in some of the ingredients we use, primarily glycerin.
At EO we recognize the interdependence of all living things and we take great pride in creating products that are good for both people and the planet. That philosophy is at the core of every aspect of our business, from sourcing and manufacturing, to our packaging and operations. We source our ingredients from responsible suppliers and only buy from producers that follow sustainable practices. The palm oil that goes into our ingredients is from Brazil. We make environmental stewardship a priority over profits so that you can feel good about using our products, knowing they were made with honesty and integrity.
You’re most likely already aware of this organization (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) but just in case… if you would like to learn more about what the industry is doing to help the sustainable palm oil movement, click here: http://www.rspo.org/
Thank you for your interest in our products, and for caring as much as you do! We hope you become an EO Fan!
Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns; happy to help!
Sarah EO / Everyone
My crisp two-handed backhand response:
Thanks for the thoughtful response.
Yes I am very familiar with RSPO. To those of us in the enviro-anti- Palm oil movement, it is nothing more than a toothless greenwashing organization run by palm oil companies looking to make themselves look better to caring consumers than they actually are. So to us, RSPO membership means absolutely zilch!
Having said that, however I am heartened by your response.
However, when you say you get your palm oil from Brazil, that is not the end of the inquiry. Brazil is home to the Amazon, the lungs of our planet, as you know. While I may be happy that it’s not Indonesia or Malaysia that is being destroyed how do we know that the Amazonian rainforest is not being destroyed for silly vanity products?
And a shot over the net:
Good afternoon and Happy Friday.
Hope you had a great week and will have a wonderful weekend ahead!
In response to your last statement, we source our organic palm oil from ethical people in places where beauty will not come at the cost of other sentient beings. EO also does not engage in commerce with countries that in general, have policies in direct opposition to ours regarding pollution and animal testing.
In case you’re not already aware, EO Products is a certified B Corporation (https://www.bcorporation.net/) which means many great things but a couple of our top priorities include putting people and the planet before profits by choosing to do business in a way that does no harm and benefits all as well as only do business with companies who hold the same values.
Keeping these values at the core of everything we do allows us to sleep at night, knowing we’re doing our part to ensure a healthy planet for future generations. :o)
To get a better sense of EO’s stance on many things including the environment and what we’re about, I recommend visiting our Co-Founder’s, Brad Black, Blog.
I’ve included the link here:
I certainly hope this shares EO’s insight regarding our ingredients in general, not just Palm Oil, and please let me know if you have any other questions.
Sarah Customer Support Specialist EO / Everyone
So it seems like their are a pretty green and progressive company. What else to expect from Marin!
NO DEFORESTATION FOR PALM OIL, whether it’s in Indonesia, Brazil or Africa!